Joseph Brookes

Joseph Brookes

Joseph Brookes is a writer and content producer for Which-50.com and the Which-50 Digital Intelligence Unit. He has covered the impact of digital transformation on Australian businesses with a particular focus on the media, financial services and governments sectors. Joseph is also responsible for Which-50's multimedia products including the production of video, podcasts and animated graphics.

Oracle has emerged as a rival to Microsoft to buy controversial social media platform TikTok, according to reports. The software giant wants to buy the US operations of TikTok, following an order from president Trump for the Chinese owned platform to sell off its US arm within 90 days because

AI in the workplace is still frequently “ineffective, simplistic and opaque” according to analysis of hundreds of research reports across the last year. A report by Oxford University’s Internet Institute, titled AI @ Work [pdf] delves into the underlying causes, including a lack of transparency and the fact many AI

Courier service Sendle today announced it has raised a further $19 million from a mix of new and returning investors. Popular with small businesses and offering carbon neutral delivery, Sendle says its now has half a million customers as ecommerce demand is “skyrocketing” during COVID-19. Sendle says its latest funding

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Artificial Intelligence used in workplaces is frequently “ineffective, simplistic and opaque”, often making human workers’ jobs harder and relying on cheap human labour from the Global South to “automate” processes, according to a new study by British academics.  A study by the Oxford Internet Institute, AI @ Work [pdf], analysed

The ACCC this afternoon issued a stern rebuke to claims made by Google today regarding the News Media Bargaining Code, accusing the search and advertising giant of spreading misinformation about the incoming regulation. Google Australia managing director, Mel Silva, this morning published an open letter denouncing the News Media Bargaining

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Google today claimed Australian users and content creators will suffer under the incoming News Media Bargaining Code, calling on them to “get involved” in opposing it, and vowing to “do everything we possibly can to get this proposal changed”. The search and advertising giant today began displaying a warning notice

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Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft must re-classify their US drivers as employees under a preliminary injunction granted by a California court this week. But in Australia similar radical changes appear unlikely, despite evidence platform companies are deliberately framing their arrangements with local workers to avoid regulation. A landmark Victorian

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia again increased its IT spend last year as it chases CEO Matt Comyn’s $5 billion vision of being Australia’s digital leader. Australia’s largest bank says it now has 7.4 million “digitally active customers”, up more than 400,000 from the previous year. Financial results released today

Open Banking began in Australia last month, promising to set free customers’ financial data, and spur innovation and competition in a sector historically dominated by just four banks.  Under Open Banking customers can request Australian banks securely share their data with accredited third parties for use in other financial tools

Australia’s consumer regulator has suggested tougher regulation is on the way for online platforms as it sharpens its focus on the collection and use of people’s data by Google and other tech giants. The ACCC is currently in two legal battles with Google over the collection of consumer data, is